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Black Pepper

posted May 22, 2012, 9:06 AM by Amanda Bontempo   [ updated May 22, 2012, 9:07 AM ]

Black pepper is one of the most ubiquitous spices in standard American diets. It is said to aid in digestion when chewed after meals, but I find that its pungent but pleasant flavor helps to suppress appetite. 

It also offers antioxidant properties as it is actually dried berries from the pepper plant. Add black pepper to dishes that incorporate turmeric to help boost it's absorption. Sprinkle it on salads for some heat or season before cooking to add depth of flavor.

Make your own pepper blends with orange, garlic and onions to enhance any dinner basics.  

Beauty bonus: When incorporated into massage oils, black pepper's essential oils have ancient pain relieving qualities that creates a warming effects from stimulating the blood vessels in skin and supportive tissues under the skin's surface.